Harvard defeats Northeastern, 3-1

COLLEGE NOTEBOOK A friend said going to work Monday morning felt like a trip to the morgue.

He was talking about the aftermath of the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Giants.

There was a different kind of depression on the Northeastern campus Monday night after the Huskies were unceremoniously dumped by Harvard, 3-1, in the first round of the Beanpot Tournament at TD Banknorth Garden. Coach Greg Cronin said spirits hadn't improved much when he went to work Tuesday.


Greg Cronin offered anger. He offered disappointment. He offered apologies.

After the sky-high expectations of his Northeastern hockey team were shattered in a flurry of goals in the first seven minutes of last night's opening Beanpot game against Harvard, the Huskies coach offered the awful truth.

"I'm going to be honest with you - they shocked us," said Cronin after his team lost, 3-1, ending any hope of Northeastern's first Beanpot title since 1988...


Ted Donato, now in his third year behind the Harvard bench, advanced to the Beanpot championship game for the first time as a coach.

But Donato was happier for his seniors - winless in their first three opening-round games - to get the opportunity to play in the late game next Monday.

"I'm particularly happy for my senior class," Donato said. "It's their first chance to get in the championship game of the Beanpot."

For the first t...

Mike Taylor has played in three Beanpots and never seen a final.

"I definitely don't watch the championship game," says Harvard's hockey cocaptain. "It's bitter. I just get on the bus and go back."

It has been 15 years since the silver trophy has been on the other side of the Charles and 10 since the Crimson have played in the final. But this time, because of one big night that began with seven startling minutes against favored Northeastern, Harvard wil...